BEDFORD resident Mikayla Buchanan is in training with the hope of being selected for next year’s State team to compete at the Softball National/Regional competition.
Mikayla (14), who competed in this year’s competition in the development team , started playing t-ball at the age of four, swapping over to fast pitch softball at 10.
“T-ball was the first team sport that I ever played and I really liked the look of the sport, as it was different to everything else,” she said.
“After you put in all the hard work, the best part is when you are standing on base and you know that all the work you put in is going to go toward the team and contributing to the game.”
WA had not submitted a second team into the National/Regional competition until this year, with the under-15 development team being the first.
The team finished the competition with two wins and nine losses.
Attending next year’s state competition will cost about $2000, with fees, uniforms, transport and accommodation.Mikayla is umpiring netball around her training schedule to save money, if she is chosen.
“There is only one reason to miss softball and that is lightning because I have a metal bat,” Buchanan said.